Men’s Lacrosse Takes On Villanova For BIG EAST Home Opener

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PROVIDENCE TAKES ON VILLANOVA FOR BIG EAST HOME OPENER..

Providence College welcome the Villanova Wildcats on Sunday, March 7 at 12:00 p.m. at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, R.I. This is the BIG EAST home opener for the Friars.

LIVE STATS AND STREAM… 

The game will be broadcast and the live stats can be found on on Providence College’s athletic website:  www.friars.com

SERIES BREAKDOWN… 

Since 1988, the Friars and Wildcats have played 12 times. Villanova leads the all-time series, 7-5.

Most recently, Providence beat Villanova, 9-8, in overtime in 2019. Providence scored two goals late in the fourth to tie the game in regulation. Colin Keating scored the game-winning goal for the Friars with 3:55 remaining in overtime.

FRIARS HOLD OFF THE STAGS,18-17…

After Providence led by four-goals entering the break, Fairfield responded in the third quarter to tie the game entering the fourth. The Stags outscored the Friars 8-4 in the third quarter.  The score was tied at 16 late in the fourth. Chris Cusolito found Brendan Driscoll with 2:21 remaining to score the go-ahead goal for the Friars. Ryan Zimmerman added an insurance goal with 53 seconds left. Fairfield scored with 36 seconds left but the Friars held on to win, 18-17.

Ryan Zimmerman had a career-night with four goals and six points. Tim Hinrichs had a career-high four goals and added one assist. Dan Axelson led the Friars in assists (three) and added two goals. Toby Burgdorf had 14 saves in the victory.

 

GRILL-O KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE…

Junior Matt Grillo looks to continue his strong scoring attitude in his third season. Currently, Grillo is one of 14 players in the nation with an active scoring streak of 15 games of more. Grillo has scored 46 goals in 17games. Grillo scored two goals in the opener against Bryant, two more against Denver, and two goals against Fairfield. 

Grillo has scored six goals in three games this season, ranking fourth on the team in goals. 

NAWROCKI, AXELSON AND ZIMMERMAN PROVIDING OFFENSIVE BOOST…

Graduate students Ryan Nawrocki, Dan Axelson and Ryan Zimmerman have provided the Friars with an offensive boost through four games. Axelson and Nawrocki are tied for first in points (13). Nawrocki leads the Friars in assists (eight).  Axelson is tied for first in goals (nine) and first in  man-up goals (three) for Providence. Ryan Zimmerman is tied with Axelson in first with goals (nine) and third in points (11).

PROVIDENCE DEFEATED BY #12 DENVER, 23-10…

Providence concluded its three-game road trip with a 23-10 loss to #12 Denver at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium in Denver, Colo. Three Friars – Matt Grillo, Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Chabra – tallied two goals apiece in the defeat. 

SECOND QUARTER SURGE PUSHES FRIARS PAST RED STORM…

After leading 3-0 after one quarter, Providence used seven goals in the second quarter to extend its lead to 10-3 entering the break. Providence went on to defeat St. John’s, 16-8. Four Friars – Matt Leader, Dan Axelson, Ryan Zimmerman and Tim Hinrichs – tallied hat-tricks. Ryan Nawrocki chipped in with two goals and four assists. RJ Romeo won 21-28 (.750) face-offs and picked up 11 groundballs in the victory.

ROMEO TABS BIG EAST MIDFIELDER OF THE WEEK…

RJ Romeo was tabbed BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week following his performance in Providence’s 16-8 victory over St. John’s (2/21). Romeo won 21-28 (.750) face-offs and picked up 11 groundballs in the victory. Romeo currently ranks 10th in the nation in face-off win percentage and first in the BIG EAST (.622).

FRIARS FALL TO BRYANT IN SEASON OPENER…

Providence dropped its first game of the season to Bryant, 9-8, in Smithfield, R.I. Dan Axelson tallied three goals for the Friars, marking the fourth hat-trick in his career and first on the season. Ryan Nawrocki added one goal, three assists and two groundballs. Goalie Toby Burgdorf saved 12 shots in the defeat.

BURGDORF AND HOFFMAN EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY AWARDS…

Goalie Toby Burgdorf and attackman John Hoffman earned BIG EAST weekly awards following their performances at Bryant (2/13). Burgdorf, who earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, saved 12 shots and held a .571 save percentage against the Bulldogs. Hoffman was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after recording two goals, one assist, two groundballs and one caused turnover.

ONE MORE GO AROUND…

Nine of the 12 seniors on the 2020 team have returned for one more season in the black, white and silver. Led by captains Tim Hinrichs, Nick Shaw and Nick Tommasi, they will look to leave their mark on Friartown.

HINRICHS REPEATS AS PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST HONOREE…

Graduate student Tim Hinrichs was named to the 2021 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team for the second-consecutive season. Hinrichs will be critical in the middle of the field for the Friars this season. The captain registered eight points on four goals and four assists in six games last season.

TOBY TIME…

Senior captain Toby Burgdorf was named 2021 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention and 2021 USILA Preseason All-America Honorable Mention. Burgdorf put together an exceptional season between the pipes during his first year as a full-time starter in 2020. He posted a 5-1 record and finished the season ranked second in the nation in save percentage (.628), third in goals against average (7.94) and 13th in saves per game (13.50). 

Burgdorf is average 12.25 saves per game and holds a .417 save percentage this season.

CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN…

Head Coach Chris Gabrielli announced that graduate students Tim Hinrichs and Nick Shaw will return as captains for Providence. Additionally, graduate student Nick Tommasi and seniors Toby Burgdorf and Evan McGreen were named captains.

STRONG, BUT SHORT 2020 SEASON…

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Friars were only able to play six games in the 2020 season. The Friars went 5-1 in the shortened season and won the 2020 Ocean State Cup after defeating Bryant and Brown. Providence’s 5-1 start to the season marks the best start to the season in program history since Gabrielli’s first season in 2013.

FRIARS PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN BIG EAST POLL… 

Providence was picked to finish fourth in the 2021 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, with a total of 13 points. Denver was picked to win the league, having collected five first-place votes and 25 points overall. Georgetown (21 points), who received one first-place vote, was picked second and Villanova (17 points) was selected third. Rounding out the conference was Marquette (nine points) in fifth and St. John’s (five points) in sixth. 

WELCOME TO FRIARTOWN… 

The Friars welcomed 13 freshmen and three transfers to the men’s lacrosse program in the fall of 2020. Newcomers include Ty Thureson (Stillwater, Minn.), Chris Cusolito (Melrose, Mass.), Ricky Amorim (Warrington, Pa.), Michael Chabra (Reading, Mass.), Alex Schrank (Setauket, N.Y.), Billy Metz (Dallas, Texas), Will Collins (Marblehead, Mass.), Kevin Beatty (Summit, N.J.), Tom Fegley (Easton, Pa.), Brendan Driscoll (Middleton, Mass.), Rhys Day (Atlanta, Ga.), Connor Davies (Plantation, Fla.) and Cooper Shape (Hingham, Mass.). The three transfers include graduate student Peter Pittroff (Charlotte, N.C.)l Matt Murakami (Lake Grove, Ill.) and Harry Gregory (Summit, N.J.). Pittroff transferred to Friartown from Denison University and Murakami transferred from UMass Lowell. Gregory transferred from St. Lawrence.

SCOUTING VILLANOVA… 

Villanova comes to Friartown, 1-1 overall (1-1 BIG EAST). The Wildcats fell in their season opener against Georgetown, 16-1 and defeated Marquette, 16-14.

Villanova was selected third in the 2021 Preseason BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Poll and received 17 votes.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH…  

Redshirt-senior Patrick Kennedy was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention. Kennedy has picked up three groundballs and caused two turnovers this year.

Junior midfielder Matt Campbell was a unianimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team and was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week on March 2. Campbell leads the Wildcats in goals (six), points (eight) and man-up goals (two).

Senior attack Keegan Khan leads the Wildcats in assists (three), second in goals (three) and second in points (six).

WHAT’S NEXT… 

The Friars travel to Milwaukee, Wis. to take on the Marquette Golden Eagles. Face-off is set for 12:00 p.m. ET on March 13.

In the last meeting, in 2019, the Friars defeated the Golden Eagles, 15-8. Matt Grillo paced the Friars with five goals. Brendan Kearns pitched in with three goals and two assists. Ryan Nawrocki added two goals and two assists.

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